This is the first of Christopher Milne’s series of autobiographical books about his childhood and beyond. It is well known, of course, that his relationship with Winnie-the-Pooh was a love–hate one. This book sets out some of the reasons for this. Milne feels that both his father and some of his works were misunderstood and he sets the record, at least partially, straight. An engaging read, easy to digest and yet interesting enough to keep the pages turning, the book is shot through with an emotional depth that stayed with me after I’d closed the pages. Mind you, I didn’t get past the quote right at the start before I was welling up:
So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.
Gets me every time.
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